"Assessment is the systematic collection, review and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development" (Palomba & Banta, 1999).

Assessment brings benefits for both students and faculty. It generates information to support and justify faculty's educational decisions, and it helps document evidence of teaching effectiveness. In order to gain the most benefit from assessment, faculty need to acquire ownership of their assessments. Assessments can lead to changes and improvements only if faculty initiate, implement, sustain, and use their own assessments to address questions that really matter to them.

Assessment is a means to an end, not the end itself. Assessment is of little value unless the assessment loop is closed by making use of the assessment results.

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